Togo: 1,500 youths introduced to opportunities related to the PND

By (Ayi Renaud Dossavi)

(Togo First) – Last Friday, a workshop on Leadership, Citizenship, and opportunities related to the 2018-2022 national development plan (2018-2022 PND) was held. This was in the Amou prefecture (168 km north of Lomé)

The meeting’s theme was “challenges related to the PND and opportunities for youth.” It is part of a battery of workshops organized by the ministry of youth aiming to inform Togo’s youth about key projects and job opportunities relevant to the PND.

The workshops will take place in about 10 prefectures targeting 150 youths per community.

The next prefectures targeted are Vo, Avé, Danyi, Sotouboua, Mô, Dankpen, Binah, Kpendjal and Cinkassé.

What Togolese Youths Expect From Faure Gnassingbé’s National Development Plan (NDP)

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé’s new national development plan (PND, 2018-2022) raises hopes among young people. Entrepreneur, Komi Dovi Koudou, stood as a proud representative of these youth, during the ceremony launched on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Lomé.

His speech pleased the audience, to the point the head of state, Faure Gnassingbe himself, quoted him several times during his speech. It must be said that Komi Dovi Koudou had the right words to speak to the authorities and decision makers and translate the needs of this segment of the population that does not want to be left on the sidelines.

The Kinkeliba tea producer runs the company Bio Africa, courted by several multinational food companies. Komi comes from a modest family. He embodies today the entrepreneurial face of a Nation in motion. He therefore enjoys a strong legitimacy to “speak” in the name of an impatient youth.

“I speak on behalf of the seller of Ayomolou of Tsévié, the welder of Bassar, the market woman of the big market, the student of the University of Kara, the Zémidjan of the Atakpamé market, the CEG student of Bè-plage … In short, on behalf of all the components of our nation,” Komi Dovi Koudou launched.

Before continuing, “In recent years, two concepts have often returned to government programs: inclusive growth and shared prosperity.” He added, that he has no doubt about President Faure Gnassingbe’s commitment to “keeping his promises, especially with regard to vulnerable populations and, above all, the youth. ”

According to Komi Dovi Koudou, with regards to the difficulties young Togolese face in the labor markets, only a set of long-term concerted actions, covering a wide range of policies and programs, will ensure their employment.

In fact, President Faure Gnassingbe’s PND should provide economic opportunities for young people and vulnerable populations. Especially young women and men from all five regions of the country.

According to the strategic document consulted by African Daily Voice (ADV), the repository will cost about CFAF 4,622 billion. The private sector will contribute about 2999.1 billion FCFA, or 65% of the overall cost of the NDP. The State’s contribution is around CFAF 1623.1 billion, or 35% of the budget needed to finance this five-year program.

Source African Daily Voice

Youth Groups in Togo Asked to Appreciate Peace

“Association de Jeunes Ressortissants Togolais Residant au Ghana” (AJRTR), a Togolese youth group, has called for the sustenance of peace and tranquility in Togo.

It said the goals of Togo could not be met in the atmosphere of rancour and division and dammed the political crises that hit the country since August 2017, lasting for months.

Mr. Dansu Komlavi, AJRTR President, said this at a press briefing at Aflao in Ghana, where the AJRTR is based, with about 200 of its members, mainly youths and a number of Togolese media attending.

The press briefing was to awaken Togolese, in and outside Togo, the governing party and opposition forces, to engage in dialogue for peace and development.

It was also to serve as a wake-up call to the youth to desist from being used for violent conflicts, to know they required peace to develop as future leaders.
Demands by Togo’s oppositions groups that the country’s current constitution be set aside to stop the president from seeking re-election into office ad infinitum, for a two-term system, resulted in a deadly crisis until the ECOWAS-negotiated truce.

The group asked all to trek the ECOWAS-negotiated settlement that brought about relative peace, leading to the holding of parliamentary elections in December last year, but which the 14-member opposition group boycotted.

The Group also urges the government to adhere to its promise of having the constitution reviewed for two-terms for a president, protect the human rights and wellbeing of all citizens.

It also urged it not to renege on the responsibility of using the country’s resource for needed developmental projects under the national development programme.

“Despite our differences we are one people united by one nation and can come together through dialogue, not by conflict”, the Group said.

The AJRTR urged all, including the government and the opposition to pursue and deepen the path of democracy in Togo to accelerate development and unity.

It commended the government of Ghana and other West African Heads of State and the ECOWAS Commission for guiding the country back on the path of peace and tranquillity during the months-long crisis.

The group also asked the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe Esdorzima and his government to have a strong heart to lead the country out of the crisis.

Mr. Dansu was supported by other executives of the group including Mr. Yao Gator, the Youth Wing Leader.

Source GNA